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Teaching Code

Professional Development in Teaching Code

May 27, 2017

It is well known that code (HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Python) is now an essential subject for students of all ages. Many US states and countries around the world, are making code a core part of their curriculum.

… The challenge many schools are facing though, is finding teachers to teach the coding classes.

StudioWeb’s Professional Development in Teaching Code

After working with many schools in the US and abroad, StudioWeb has developed an effective and engaging professional development program for teachers who have never written a single line of code!

Learn to teach code as you learn the course material for your classes

Teacher’s are super busy, and so it makes sense for them to learn to teach code, with the course material that they will be using to teach their students with. It’s a two for one!! The StudioWeb program has proven to fit that role perfectly.

How does it work?

  1. Teachers do the StudioWeb courses on the subjects they will be teaching … like HTML, JavaScript, Python.
  2. As teachers learn to code, they will also be learning the structure of the lessons, quizzes, projects and the code challenges!
  3. Now teachers know how to code, and they know the courses they will be teaching with!

So rather than learning the coding languages, then having to find or develop a curriculum … professional development with StudioWeb means you get both at the same time.

… Needless to say, teachers love it!

If you are interested in learning how to teach code with our teacher approved (and proven!) curriculum, you are invited to contact us.

Thank you!
Stefan Mischook
StudioWeb

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Python Course for Middle School

February 6, 2017

I am happy to announce that we will be releasing a new course for schools: Powerful Python 3. Part of our collection of coding courses, designed specially for classroom learning.

Powerful Python 3 is designed for students (and teachers) who are totally new to code! The course is made up of easy to follow video lessons, followed by fun and effective quizzing and code challenges.

… Like all StudioWeb courses, we provide a complete curriculum that includes projects, a grading rubric and our powerful auto-grading system that provides accurate grades by course, chapter and lesson.

StudioWeb’s Python course will finally make learning and teaching Python, easy for the novice coder.

Please feel to contact us if you have any questions!

Stefan Mischook
StudioWeb.com

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Teaching Code in the Classroom made Easy

October 13, 2016

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We’ve been refining StudioWeb over the last 6yrs, working with many schools and teachers. In fact, StudioWeb has been developed hand-in-hand with teachers, as tens of thousands of students have used it to learn to code.

… That’s a big reason why it is so effective.

You can teach the following popular coding languages with StudioWeb:

• HTML5
• CSS3
• JavaScript
• PHP
• SQL
• Python (coming January 2017)

StudioWeb’s unique features are:

1. Fun engaging lessons for students.
2. Practically no PD required for teachers who’ve never coded before.
3. Practically no prep – you can get up and running with as little as 30 minutes.
4. Powerful auto generated grades by course, chapter and even down to the lesson.
5. Over 50 projects to assign students and classroom activities.
6. Personal support: if you have any questions, you will be able to speak to me personally throughout the year.

Teachers and students love StudioWeb and so we have a 100% renewal rate. If you want to teach code, it can’t get any easier.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me directly: stefan (at) Studioweb.com

Stefan Mischook

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Teach Website Development in Middle School

September 5, 2016

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When it comes to teaching web design and development, the common hurdle we have seen, is that many middle school and high school teachers are beginners themselves. We have solved this problem with StudioWeb.

StudioWeb is loved by teachers and students, because it makes teaching and learning code amazingly easy. It comes with everything a teacher could want:

  • assignments and classrooms activities
  • auto grading by course, chapters and lessons.
  • video based interactive quizzing and code challenges
  • easy to use grading rubric for the projects
  • open ended lesson plans
  • video walk-throughs of the app

… And much more.

Final comments for teachers:

You could be up and running in about 1hr! No prior coding experience required. We’ve been working with schools for 5 years to get StudioWeb to where it is today. StudioWeb is proven.

Check out this video where I interview students and their teacher (totally new to code) about StudioWeb.

Please feel free to contact us if you would like to take a closer look.

Thanks!

Stef Mischook
Killersites.com

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Scratch is not Coding

August 25, 2016
Scratch block
Scratch block

Schools are looking for ways to introduce coding into the classroom, and they have been told that dragging blocks on a screen is coding.

The most popular of these visual ‘code’ teaching tools, is an app called Scratch. The problem is, Scratch is not coding.

Here is a sample of some actual code – a little JavaScript:

function myFunction(p1, p2) {
     return p1 * p2;           
 }

var person = {
    firstName:"John",
    lastName:"Doe",
    age:50,
    eyeColor:"blue"
}; 

Or how about some CSS3 code:

div {
    width: 300px;
    border: 25px solid green;
    padding: 25px;
    margin: 25px;
}

Now compare that above code snippets to the Scratch ‘code’ block in the top right.

Now as an educator, I ask myself if students will see the relationship between the Scratch block, with actual code? I personally don’t see it.

scratch cat
Scratch cat

A place for Scratch in a Code Curriculum

You could argue that Scratch is very simple programming, since you are controlling the character on screen with a series of commands. But given that nobody uses Scratch to do anything in the real world, why not teach students true programming and coding languages? With the right courses, lessons and supporting software, you can!

That said, Scratch can be used for elementary students in the 4-5th grade or younger, perhaps to introduce some basic coding concepts to students. But, I feel this will have a limited impact. Why?

Writing Real Code helps Internalize Concepts

I have been teaching code since 2003, and one thing that experience has taught me, is that the writing of actual code has a powerful impact in terms of understanding and internalizing coding concepts. It’s important to have students break out the code editor (a tool that coders use) and write code, break code and build actual projects.

… When students see their code come to life in real things, you will see their engagement skyrocket.

Hope this is helpful,

Stefan Mischook
StudioWeb.com

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